From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.
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Sanderson has great creativity and twists throughout the book. Hardly any dull interludes are included. The action and descriptions are excellent. MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job with the narration.
It does a great job of pulling you right in. Within just a few pages the listener is hooked and has a hard time stepping away from the action that Sanderson creates.
Andrews is superb. He brings the characters to life with vivid color. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.
While I am 30 or so years past the primary target market for this book, I really appreciate how the work was handled. An exciting fantasy that is "clean" is a wonderful thing.
I'm really not sure what these high ratings are all about. Maybe it's meant for younger generation. I just picked it up on a sale, and expected it to be Brandon Sanderson level. But maybe it was my mistake to expect too much.
The story was just too simple and shallow. Characters weren't all that interesting to me. David was pretty annoying at times.
Yeah, I love Sanderson, but this book was barely tolerable.
The narrator was pretty good, with good range of voices. Switching from Indian accent to French, to American/no accent was no sweat for him. Thank you for making this book more tolerable.
The characters are developed, well rounded and relatable. They experience genuine humanity.
The protagonist's struggle with metaphors is incredibly entertaining.
The protagonist. I laughed every time he found himself thinking of a girl even in the midst of catastrophic events.
I enjoy science fiction and a bit of fantasy. Some of the fantasy aspects of this work are bit much, but the characters and story line were enough to hold interest and engage concern. I also laughed often!
Once again, Brandon Sanderson delivers a gripping fantasy story set within a rich and captivating alternate reality. The modern world setting is quite different from his more epic works, but just as effective. As with any Sanderson book, the world is as much a character as the story.
Steelheart takes place in an alternate future where epics, people who have developed special powers, rule things with force and brutality. The story follows the plight of a young man named David who seeks out a group of revolutionaries, called the Reckoners, to try to take out the lead epic of his city in revenge for his father's death.
The story is full of action and adventure, but without skimping on character development, just as you'd expect from Sanderson. The quirky cast of characters have just the right balance of depth and humor, yet they often straddle the line between good and evil. Not everything can ever be so clear in a world created by this author. That is why I love his writing, so.
Despite being such a well crafted story, this book is not as intense as some of Sanderson's other works, the Stormlight Archives in particular. This is not meant as a criticism. The lighter tone works for the nature of this book, well, if one can call it a lighter tone given the somewhat bleak world.
My final verdict is that my Sanderson fangirl status has been reinforced and I will now be following another of his series. Thank goodness he is such a prolific writer!
I'm always looking for an exciting book to entertain me while I work! I was a bit hesitant with picking a Brandon Sanderson book since I tried to listen to Mistborn while I worked but many parts required more of my attention to follow the story. MacLeod Andrews reading made the story really stand out. There I was listening to 6 different book samples then I listened to this one and I just love how the main character 18 year old David sounded. Andrews really gets across his immaturity, his cockiness about all he knows, his excitability. I'm sure I could have imagined it myself but when building websites sometimes you just want to be entertained without having to look at a screen.
This is a great book if you like stories with good amount of action, a great variety of intriguing characters you want to get to know, a unique world, and a bit of humor!
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